Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue

Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue Good Choices for Canine Voices!
20 years of experience
National CCPDT-KA certified trainers! Our trainers are highly qualified and CCPDT KA Certified.

Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue was founded back in 2019 by Jacci Echevarria whose two decades of animal care and dog training experience helped shape how we approach your dog and it's training. Whether you are struggling with reactivity, basic obedience, service dog task work, house soiling aggression or looking to start your puppy or Service Dog off in the right direction- we can do it all!

We train dogs on an individual basis, so each dog we train is evaluated before we even start with training. This is to better assess how we can meet your dogs needs and set them up for success. We use science based and positive reinforcement training to get your furry companion to be the very best fursions of themselves. Our mission is to provide the very best in dog training, and we pride ourselves on our flexibility, communication and commitment to you and your companion.

Wonderful thread!! Cannot recommend some of these things enough! Nosework is great for confidence and mental stimulation...
02/13/2023

Wonderful thread!! Cannot recommend some of these things enough! Nosework is great for confidence and mental stimulation too!

02/13/2023
02/13/2023

REACTIVITY REDEFINED
Although reactivity has other causes, many types of reactivity are triggered by the core emotion of fear.
The fear of whatever is making a dog feel unsafe, the fear of a valuable possession being taken away or the fear of a strange person or animal coming into their territory. Anxiety, stress, over excitement, over stimulation, feeling overwhelmed, trigger stacking, or a dog that is tired, in pain or even has chronic itching will often feel irritable and may be reactive in certain situations. When being reactive is successful in making the scary thing go away, it becomes a rewarding behaviour because it’s something that works and makes them feel better.
Reactive dogs are often misunderstood. A dog that is reacting is not trying to be difficult, they are having a difficult time coping with that particular situation and are trying their best to make the thing go away in the only way they know how.
It’s not easy to be the owner of a reactive dog. One of my dogs is reactive and I know how dogs like this can leave you feeling embarrassed, ashamed, angry or frustrated. Why do they have to be so difficult, why can’t they just behave normally? Everyone is looking at me, judging me, thinking that I’m a bad owner, have no training skills, can’t control my dog or have a unsocialised, vicious dog that shouldn’t be taken out in public.
As hard as it may be, we need to take the focus off how we as owners feel about their reactivity and focus on how our dogs are feeling and what is causing their reaction. Whatever it is, it’s not something our dogs can overcome on their own and we need to take steps to help them cope. Reactive dogs need compassion, understanding, management, force free, positive reinforcement interventions and decompression – a return to a normal, more relaxed state after a period of intense stress, psychological pressure, or urgent activity. These interventions take time and patience but are so important in helping our dogs feel safe and learn more acceptable ways of coping.
I have learnt through many mistakes, to recognise what triggers my reactive dog and take steps to either avoid those situations, provide enough distance, or provide her with an alternative choice where she feels safe and more in control. There will always be unexpected triggers around the next corner that are not within our control, but doing all we can to manage reactive triggers has so many benefits.

02/12/2023

Dog Handler Nat teaching "Heel" to 3 month old Service Dog in Training Sigrid! Good choices!

Two of our Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue siblings in training!
02/06/2023

Two of our Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue siblings in training!

Two Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue puppies getting some safe desensitization out at Home Depot!
02/06/2023

Two Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue puppies getting some safe desensitization out at Home Depot!

One of Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue amazing service dogs, Aero!
02/06/2023

One of Good Choices Dog Training and Rescue amazing service dogs, Aero!

We have experience fostering, boarding, doggie day care and check-in's text, messenger or email us your needs and let us...
02/06/2023

We have experience fostering, boarding, doggie day care and check-in's text, messenger or email us your needs and let us see how we can help you and your pup!

02/06/2023
We have incredible clients, read what they have to say!
02/06/2023

We have incredible clients, read what they have to say!

Read some of our testimonies!
02/06/2023

Read some of our testimonies!

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